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Things to Remember While Reading Excerpts from "The Virginia Plan":

  • The Virginia Plan replaced the single-house Continental Congress with a two-house legislature. In both houses, the number of representatives from each state would be determined by the states' populations. This was a major change from the Articles, which allowed one vote for each state in the single-house Continental Congress. Under the Articles, small states and large states had equal power in Congress. Under the Virginia Plan, large states would have the most representatives in both houses and therefore hold much more power than small states. This one matter—determining the number of representatives each house would have—would consume more of the convention delegates' time than any other issue.
  • The U.S. Constitution provides for two legislative branches: the House of Representatives and the Senate. In the House, the number of representatives from each state...

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